The pandemic isn’t over yet. However, the real-estate sector around the globe is now showing signs of recovery and progress.
It is, therefore, an ideal time if you’re looking to build or renovate your home. The biggest challenge for anyone at this time is choosing a reliable home building company.
Here are some of our tried-and-tested tips for choosing the best contractor for your custom home project.
Aspects of a reliable construction company
A reliable home building company offers an all-inclusive solution. This includes obtaining permits, sourcing materials, and working with subcontractors, designers, and engineers.
Ideally, your construction company should be able to implement advanced and technology-driven design activities and architectural solutions.
- it should be able to work with management architecture as well as the latest system management tools
- it should offer service solution design (which is the blueprint of your desired/expected results), consisting of approved functional requirements and resources
Look for a company that understands design and works closely with engineers to finalize the architectural design of your custom home.
Remember, failure to choose the right construction company may result in:
- misuse/wastage of materials, which will eventually add to the total construction costs
- Compromised building architecture that fails to withstand harsh weather conditions and natural disasters, including earthquakes, storms, and hurricanes
- A structure that fails to comply with structural guidelines or local building codes
Jot down a list of possible home construction companies/contractors
Now that you’re ready to invest in the best custom home builders, it is time to create a list of all possible options available near you.
- Each area has its own home builder’s association. You can get in touch with them and obtain a list of contractors working in your area
- Check out the real-estate section of your local newspaper. From there, you can acquire some information about the homebuilders and recent projects
- Real-estate agents working in your area may also be able to help
- Ask your family members and friends for recommendations. Ask for the options they have worked with directly
According to a report published by the National Association of Home Builders, it takes an average of 22 contractors to build a custom home.
This figure includes a general contractor and several sub-contractors, including drywall contractors, HVAC contractors, plumbing contractors, electricians, masonry, roofing specialists, and more.
Do your research
So, you have a list of possible contractors working in your area. Great.
It is time to interview contractors listed on your list. Ask as many questions as possible in order to get a clear idea of what they do or do not offer.
For instance, you can ask about:
- What types of projects have you done before? Also, ask them to share their portfolio to get a better understanding of their previous projects
- What kind of resources and materials will you use?
- Can you provide accurate pricing/cost estimates?
Consider the budget
While it may be tempting to hire a contractor offering the least bid, your expectations are less likely to be met in such scenarios.
Some contractors may even offer you ‘we’ll adjust pricing on the go’ kind of proposals. Remember, this is a red flag. In that case, you should run right away and never look back.
A good construction company will always quote an exact and fair price. It will also provide you with a detailed quotation highlighting what is included in the package.
Check safety procedures/licensing
Your custom construction company should be licensed and registered. Confirm licensing and check safety procedures before you seal a deal with any company.
It is also important to check the bonding tendency of the company. This will help you if something unexpected happens. Try to confirm all these things in the initial question/answer session. Only narrow down those choices that fit your safety and protection criteria.
Ask for referrals
Almost every construction company has a website these days. Once you’re done making a list of contractors, the next thing you should do is visit their websites.
Carefully review their ‘About Us’ section to track their experience, past projects, and more.
Also, go through all the testimonials listed on their websites to see what other clients have to say about their legitimacy and expertise.
Were they able to complete their projects in the scheduled time frame?
You may also ask contractors to provide you with their past project details if you couldn’t find any reviews on their website.
By choosing the right construction company, you can avoid disagreements and material loss. Look for contractors who hold the reputation of being honest. Also, they should be upfront with their competencies and pricing.
Keep in mind, only reliable contractors remain transparent throughout the process and provide the best possible end results.